Linus he's not stupid, nobody really understand what linus really think while his absent.
There's no way he'd drop Tux to someone unknown. Tux kernel is what he love.
Perhaps why he was so rude in the past because he's strict prevent bad coders mutate Tux to rooster.
He may allow anyone code feeding Tux but not to poison coding or mutate it's kernel structure.
Even github incident while linux dev panick to gitlab.
Linus he doesn't panic & stay calm on github.
He's not being vampire & freak out MS's garlic like linux fanboyz does.
He face the problem.
Those stir the rumors that he leave linux their face would break from their embarrassment.